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A roundup of the latest high-tech news “Hot Off the Wire” from The Associated Press and Local Tech Wire:

• Facebook gets app in U.K. for child protection

LONDON — A new application was launched on Facebook on Monday by a British child protection agency to allow young users to report worrying or inappropriate behavior to child protection authorities.

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Center said their application — called “ClickCEOP” — gives children between ages 13 to 18 a place to report instances of inappropriate sexual behavior and other issues.

The application isn’t a so-called panic button, and doesn’t connect users immediately to authorities, the organization said. Rather, the application appears as a tab at the top of a user’s profile once it is added, and clicking it provides links to the organization’s website where bullying, sexual behavior or other online problems can be researched and, if necessary, reported.

An advertisement for the application will appear on the home pages of Facebook’s British teenage users. It is aimed at kids in Britain, but spokeswoman Vicky Gillings said harassment reported by teenagers in other countries would be passed on to law enforcement in those places.

Jim Gamble, the organization’s chief executive, said the application could help reassure parents whose children use the site, because “we know from speaking to offenders that a visible deterrent could protect young people online.”

Last month in the United States, Facebook — the world’s largest online social network — and the National PTA announced plans to build a program to promote Internet safety through a set of tools and resources for kids, schools and parents.

• Sandra Day O’Connor works on civics games

MADISON, Wis. — A Madison-based company has worked with retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor to create video games that promote knowledge about government.

Filament Games says it has created several titles for the , which aims to remedy civics ignorance among middle-school students.

The games include one that involves the operation of a fictional law firm, and another that casts players as attorneys arguing landmark court cases. Others teach about the three branches of government, the legislative process and democracy.

The games were unveiled at the Games for Change festival in New York recently, and O’Connor has promoted them widely.

Filament Games was founded in 2005 and has grown to a staff of 16.

• Blizzard backs off real names for forums

NEW YORK — Blizzard Entertainment is backtracking on plans to require players to use their real names when posting on its online forums.

Following an outcry in the gaming community, Blizzard lifted the planned requirements.

It said Friday it will still make other changes intended to curb bad behavior in the game forums. These include the ability to vote comments up or down, with low-rated posts slowly disappearing.

The maker of "World of Warcraft" and the upcoming "StarCraft II" was bombarded with criticism this week when it announced the real-name requirement. Gamers say it could make them vulnerable to real-life harassment, hurt job prospects and encroach on privacy.
Blizzard, part of Activision Blizzard Inc., is still proceding with its optional "Real ID" program, which lets gamers use their true identities when playing.